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Shanahan: 'Burning desire' to help Devils

Saturday, 01.10.2009 / 8:11 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Shanahan: \'Burning desire\' to help Devils
Shanahan hoisted the Stanley Cup three times in Detroit.
newjerseydevils.com – Brendan Shanahan wasn't sure when the right offer would come, he just wanted to be ready.

He spent the summer training, then continued his regimen through training camp and into the regular season.

Finally, the opportunity arrived. Shanahan said he spoke Saturday to Devils' President, CEO and General Manager Lou Lamoriello and agreed in principle to return to New Jersey.

"I had been in contact with Lou throughout different parts of the season, and just in the last few days things seemed to pick up some momentum," Shanahan said in Saturday's conference call. "It just seemed to work out."

Shanahan becomes the fourth player on the current roster to have rejoined the Devils after stints elsewhere. Scott Clemmensen, Bobby Holik and Brian Rolston were all reacquired by the club last offseason.

"Obviously I have a history with Lou – Lou drafted me," said Shanahan, the second overall pick in 1987. "I feel fortunate that a situation like this opened up. I remained patient. I had some really good, tempting offers from good people and good teams, but this to me was about finding the right fit."

It turns out the right fit for Shanahan was with the Devils, who sit third in the Atlantic Division behind the first-place Flyers and Rangers. Jersey's Team was set to open a six-game road trip Saturday in Los Angeles.

"I think everybody in the league has had a lot of respect for the Devils," he said. "They have a championship history. Brent Sutter is an excellent coach, and I think that playing against the Devils, you always felt like they were a hard-working, well-structured team."

Shanahan was unsure of when he might make his 2008-09 debut. Though he has maintained a high level of conditioning, he said he expects more hard work as he prepares to get into game shape.

"I feel well-rested and at the same I feel I've got a stronger base than I've had in many years I used the time off to train hard," he said. "How long it takes, I really don't know. But I've got a strong desire to play, and burning desire to get back and help my new team." 

Shanahan will be counted on to add to the Devils' power play, which went 0-for-7 in Thursday's 4-0 loss to Atlanta. New Jersey has been shut out in three of its last five home games.

Though he was slowed last season by a knee injury, Shanahan produced 23 goals, 11 on the power play, while skating for the Rangers.

"I should have just rested [the knee] at the time to finish the season maybe a little bit stronger," he said. "But I really felt at the midway point or right up to Jan. 1, that I was having a pretty strong season, a consistent season."

Shanahan, 11th all-time in league history with 650 goals, won three Stanley Cup titles with Detroit and has made eight appearances in the All-Star Game. Even with a resume that includes 1,490 games, 1,340 points, and an Olympic gold medal, Shanahan said he has been impressed by the resilience of this year's Devils.

"I think that they have, in a lot of ways, with some of the adversity they've had this year with injuries, they've shown a different level of maturity and taken a real stride." he said. "My feeling and my approach is that I just hope to add to their team."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59